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Cherry Bombs: Greens Energy Bites

Every once in a while, I have an aha moment in the kitchen, and something surprisingly creative emerges! These Cherry Bombs Energy Bites were something of  an accident. They are similar to the previously shared Chocolate Energy Bites recipe (here). I was separating out all my ingredients to make a batch of those since my supply was running low. I like to have a few in the freezer at all times; they are convenient snacks to grab before a long run or work out. When reaching for the chopped cashews can in the pantry, I accidentally grabbed the greens powder container instead. I looked at it, and that was when the light bulb above my head went on! What a great opportunity to add some greens to my diet in an unexpected way! It was then that I mixed   four tablespoons of greens powder into the whole batch since I did not want a strong greens flavor in these bites. But feel free to add more in if you are looking to maximize your greens intake. The results were fantastic!

We believe that you should eat greens  as much as possible in their natural raw state. But for those days when you just don’t have time to prepare a salad, or make a smoothie with fresh greens, turning to green powders is an effective  way to supplement your diet. Until I created these bites, the only way I had previously utilized my greens powder was in smoothies. I have seen some recipes that incorporate them into cookies or baked goods, but I had  never had the opportunity to try them . These energy bites are a well suited vessel for greens powder. They are sweet enough due to the naturally occurring sugar in dates,  covering any bitterness that you may taste from the  greens powder formula.

Another new addition to these energy bites are the chopped tart cherries. As mentioned a few posts ago, (see link here), tart cherries have incredible properties that benefit in muscle recovery and lower inflammation, when consumed post exercise. Their tart flavor added  a bright fruity touch in these super-chocolaty bites, as well. Moreover, you can use any of your favorite Once Again nut butters  instead of cashew butter. The chopped cashews and pecan meals required for this recipe are also easily swapped for other nut flavors you prefer or may have available in your kitchen. Since I always keep a supply of most nuts, I usually get to pick which one to use, but while at a friend’s  house, I decided to show her how to make this recipe when  all she had were  Brazil nuts. We used those instead of the cashews and the final results were delicious.. Just pulse the Brazil nuts a few times in  the food processor to break them up into smaller bits before adding them to the energy bites mixture.

It’s a delight to watch how children love these energy bites.  I sometimes pack a few  in my children’s lunch boxes, and inevitably they come back asking me to write out the recipe because they shared the bites  with a friend who now also wants to make them. That’s partly why I first made the video of the original energy bites recipe (see video here). It’s much easier to show people how to make them than  trying to write it all out. Do you add any fun twists to your energy bites at home? Share them with us in the comments’ section below!

Cherry Bombs Energy Bites

Cherry Bombs Energy Bites

16 ounces of dates

2 tablespoons of cacao powder, unsweetened

4 tablespoons of pecan meal

¼ cup chopped of cashews

¼ cup of chopped tart cherries

2 tablespoons of Once Again Creamy Cashew Butter

4 tablespoons of a greens powder of your choice

Start by adding dates to your food processor. Even though you can purchase dates without the pits, I always recommend checking each one by hand before adding them to the food processor. Pulse them several times until you achieve a ball-like consistency. Next add cashew butter, greens powder, pecan meal and cashews. Lastly, remove dough from food processor and mix in the tart cherries. You may use your hands to fold in the cherries, just make sure to wet your hands so the mixture doesn’t stick to them. Roll the mixture  into balls and keep them in the refrigerator for up  to 10 days. Or freeze them for up to 45 days. (They may last longer, but so far I have only savored  their flavor and consistency after having them stored for a maximum of 45 days.)

Powerful Greens Soup with Tahini

Powerful Greens Soup with Tahini

One of the top food trends in 2014 was kale: kale chips, kale smoothies, kale soups, kale everything started to show up on blogs, restaurants and grocery stores. This year kale is still going strong, and other greens are getting some attention as well such as spinach, arugula, mustard, collards and beet greens. They are powerful leafy vegetables rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals making them an integral part of your diet to combat disease and aid in immune system health.

The tricky part is how to eat them. They can be added to salads, but some can be quite bitter when raw. Another way is to steam and enjoy it with a little drizzle of olive oil and salt. The most popular way to consume them has become either in juices or smoothies. They are easy to add to the blender and with the right mix of fruits and sweeteners (honey, sugar, fruit juices and even Once Again Nut Butters) they can be quite delicious!20150119_154430962_iOS

But it is winter, and a frosty green smoothie is just not what most people are looking forward to on a chilly day! Soup in the other hand is comforting and perfect to warm you up from the inside out. What better way to get your greens than in a warm bowl of soup? This Powerful Green Soup combines 3 different greens in just one bowl, and to thicken and add the perfect texture I used Once Again Nut Butter Tahini. This soup is gluten free, vegetarian, dairy-free and loaded with nutrients. The Tahini serves three purposes in this soup: to thicken, add flavor, and add protein! It makes the soup creamy without adding milk or dairy cream.20150119_160306390_iOS

A few years ago I received an Immersion Hand Blender as a gift which completely changed the way I prepared soups! After boiling and cooking the soup, the next step is to wait for it to cool to transfer to a blender for a creamy soup. That extra hurdle did not fit “my style” of cooking (aka – simple, easy, not enough time to wait around “style”). With the hand blender, I was able to cream the soup right on the pot, and there is no waiting for it to cool. If you don’t have one, add it to your “wish list”. I hear they are great for other things too, but believe it or not this is the only way I’ve used mine so far.

Back to the Powerful Green Soup: it is a must try for your family. My 5 year old loved it, but my 7 year old wasn’t a big fan, so I suggested a dollop of sour cream and some cheese on top and she was asking for seconds! It’s our way to boost our immune system and hopefully prevent the cold and flu from getting into our house.

Tahini Greens SoupPowerful Green Soup

  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 3 cups chopped Kale
  • 1 cups chopped spinach
  • 1/8 cup chopped onions
  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 3 Tbsp Once Again Nut Butter Tahini
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Add olive oil and broth to pot and bring to a boil, then add the onions and broccoli to cook for about 10 minutes. Add the kale and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add spinach, Once Again Tahini and salt. Mix well. Use Immersion Hand blender to cream or wait for it to cool a bit, add to blender and blend until desired consistency.

… enjoy your greens,

Carolina